Why the Swastika?

H/T Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

How many of the people today know the story behind the swastika?

 The roots of the Nazi symbol.  

Nowadays the swastika (Hakenkreuz, hook cross in German) is inseparably associated with Nazism in Western culture, although the symbol has very different associations in Asia. Today’s article looks at how the symbol was adopted by Hitler for his movement.

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The swastika in the context Westerners most usually associate it with today

The swastika was an ancient religious symbol in Eurasia and is still used as such in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and other religions. Its name comes from Sanskrit, in which swastik means auspicious or conductive to good luck. Different versions of the basic swastika shape can be found in ancient symbolism all around the world. It was used in the Kingdom of Kush in Africa, by Native American tribes and by the Germanic, Celtic, Slavic and Greco-Roman cultures in Europe, among others. It’s even found in early Christian symbolism.

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Bucket handle ornament with swastika motifs from the Oseberg ship, a Viking ship found in a burial mound from the 9th century AD

The Nazi association with the symbol, however, arose not from ancient Germanic swastikas but Mediterranean ones. In the 19th century, German businessman and archaeology pioneer Heinrich Schliemann became attached to the idea that the city of Troy, featured in Homer’s Iliad, was not merely a mythological place as was formerly believed, but a real city. Consequently, he started seeking it based on clues in the epic poem.

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Heinrich Schliemann, finder of Troy and Kickstarter of the swastika craze

Much to everybody’s surprise, Schliemann actually found Troy in Turkey and did some serious damage to it when he started excavations with crowbars and battering rams. One of his many fascinating finds was a collection of 1,800 items decorated with swastikas. The items were considered proof of a cultural and, as it was thought at the time, racial connection between the ancient Greeks, the Aryan people of Asia and other cultures where the symbol was also found.

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Excavations at the walls of Troy in the 1890s

It should be added that the appellation to an “Aryan people” was incorrect. The word does come from Sanskrit and was used as a self-designation by Indo-European people in ancient times but it meant a religious, cultural and linguistic kinship, not an ethnic one. The imagined relationship between “Aryans” and Europeans was further strengthened by comparative linguistics, a discipline that also arose in the 19th century. Philologists found that many languages shared similarities of grammar and lexicon, which could be used to determine the “relationship” between them. The concept of an ancient and lost Indo-Germanic language, which was the ancestor of all languages in the geographic area between India and Germany, had much traction at the time was, in fact, fundamentally true. There were, of course, exceptions and the modern name has been changed to Indo-European to include languages spoken to the west of Germany. Linguistic discoveries of the time played into the notion of a fundamental relationship between distant cultures.

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Swastika on a Red Army document. It’s been suggested that the Red Army first used swastikas on badges and documents intended for Kalmyks, a traditionally Buddhist ethnic group related to the Mongols

Schliemann’s discovery sparked a resurgence for the swastika symbol. In the early 20th century it was used by Coca-Cola, Carlsberg beer, the U.S. military, the Boy Scouts, the Red Army during the Russian Civil War, the British National War Savings Committee in World War I and uncountable other organizations, all adopting it for its generic lucky charm quality and popularity.

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“Drink Coca-Cola in bottles” swastika pendant

The idea of a relationship between the ancient Aryans and the Germanic people, who also used ancient swastikas, was embraced by the völkisch movement of the early 20th century: a German movement mixing populism with romanticism, folklore, natural life and nationalism. The movement, in turn, became one of the ideological inspirations for Hitler. In the Nazi framework of thinking, the ancient Aryans were a master race, serving both as an example to imitate and a warning about how miscegenation can cause the downfall of the German race, who were the purest inheritors of Aryan blood.

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Members of the Windsor Swastikas hockey team from Nova Scotia, Canada, around 1912

The Nazi flag, along with the swastika in it, was personally designed by Hitler. He used red, white and black as a reference to the old Imperial German flag and also claimed that the red stood for the social idea of the movement, white for the nationalistic idea and the black swastika for the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man. The flag of the Nazi party became the flag of Third Reich in 1935, though with an often-overlooked change: the party flag always had the circle and the swastika in the center but the Nazi national flag had it slightly off-center to the left.

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Third Reich state flag in a museum, note how the swastika is off-center

Another little-known detail about the Nazi swastika is that it didn’t always rotate in the same direction. Usually it was clockwise but some flags, most notably ones used by merchant ships, had a different design. On these flags, the swastika was mirrored on one side so the direction of rotation depended on which side you were looking at. This might have been a cost-saving measure to allow for printed single-ply flags instead of sewn double-ply ones.

You can learn more about the symbology of World War II on our historical tours scheduled for 2019.

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Retired Justice John Paul Stevens calls Kavanaugh’s temperament disqualifying: ‘Senators should pay attention to this’

H/T Fox News Politics.

A man of Brett Kavanaugh’s temperament is exactly what the Supreme Court needs.

The court does not need gutless nutless wonders like John Paul Stevens.

Former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on Thursday said Brett Kavanaugh’s behavior during last Thursday’s contentious Judiciary Committee hearing should sink his nomination.

Kavanaugh, at times emotional, testified that he was the victim of a far-left smear campaign aimed at preventing a generational rightward shift on the Supreme Court. In the past several weeks, he has been accused of engaging in gang rapes and sexual misconduct dating back more than three decades — claims that he has denied and that the FBI, in a supplemental inquiry concluded earlier this week, could not corroborate.

But Stevens, who was an associate justice on the Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010 and gradually shifted to become a reliably liberal justice, suggested Thursday that Kavanaugh went too far in defending himself. At one point, the judge responded to a question about his past drinking habits from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., by repeatedly asking if she’d ever had alcohol-related blackouts. Later in the hearing, he apologized for the remark.

“I thought [Kavanaugh] had the qualifications for the Supreme Court, should he be selected,” Stevens said at a closed event held by a retirement group in Boca Raton, according to The Palm Beach Post. “I’ve changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability … I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind.”

Stevens added, “I’ve never really been a political person.”

Fox News has confirmed Stevens’ remarks.

The 98-year-old, since retiring, called for the repeal of the Second Amendment in a New York Times op-ed earlier this year. “Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the NRA’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option,” Stevens said at the time.

Thousands of law professors this week signed a letter agreeing that Kavanaugh’s temperament should keep him off the court. Democrats have increasingly cited his combative responses at last Thursday’s hearing as disqualifying.

“I think there’s merit to that criticism and I think the senators should really pay attention that,” Stevens said Thursday.

Current and former justices on the Supreme Court, in keeping with their traditional reluctance to engage in heated political matters for fear of compromising the court’s appearance of neutrality, generally have not weighed in on the allegations surrounding Kavanaugh.

Retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy,  whose retirement and personal recommendation led to Kavanaugh’s nomination, refused to comment on the matter when asked last month. But he did, in general terms, lament the state of the nation’s discourse.

“Perhaps we didn’t do too good a job teaching the importance of preserving democracy by an enlightened civic discourse,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “In the first part of this century, we’re seeing the death and decline of democracy.”

Thoughts on self defense…

H/T Old NFO@Nobody Asked Me.

From biblical times to now….

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“I have a love interest in every one of my films – a gun.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger

“I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”
– Clint Eastwood

“The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.”
– James Earl Jones

“To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic.”
– Ted Nugent

“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.”
– Sigmund Freud

“An armed society is a polite society.”
– Robert Heinlein

“There are no dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men.”
– Robert A. Heinlein

“Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised.”
– Charlton Heston

“We would just go out and line up a bunch of cans and shoot with rifles, handguns and at times, submachine guns… When I was a kid it was a controlled atmosphere, we weren’t shooting at humans… we were shooting at cans and bottles mostly. I will most certainly take my kids out for target practice.”
– Johnny Depp

“But if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you … it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.”
– Dalai Lama

“A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders.”
– Larry Elder

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
– G. K. Chesterton

” … the right to defend one’s home and one’s person when attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law.”
– Martin Luther King

“That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”
– George Orwell

“In England, if you commit a crime, the police don’t have a gun and you don’t have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say ‘Stop, or I’ll say stop again.’”
– Robin Williams

“It’s better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.”
– Christian Slater

“A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.”
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“I will teach my children weapons and warfare, so they might teach their children science and law, so they might teach their children art and literature.”
– Unknown Greek

“Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.”
– Pericles

“The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.”
– Thucydides

“Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.”
– St. Augustine

“A free people ought to be armed.”
– George Washington

“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”
– George Washington

“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”
– George Washington

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
– Thomas Jefferson (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria)

“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“On every occasion [of Constitutional interpretation] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense.”
– John Adams:

“To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.”
– George Mason

“I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians.”
– George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe.”
– Noah Webster

“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority … the Constitution was made to guard against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
– Noah Webster

“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”
– Noah Webster

“A government resting on the minority is an aristocracy, not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and physical force against it, without a standing army, an enslaved press and a disarmed populace.”
– James Madison

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.”
– James Madison

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.”
– James Madison

“The ultimate authority resides in the people alone.”
– James Madison

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”
– William Pitt

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
– Richard Henry Lee

“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves … and include all men capable of bearing arms.”
– Richard Henry Lee

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
– Patrick Henry

“This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty…. The right of self defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”
– St. George Tucker

“… arms … discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property…. Horrid mischief would ensue were (the law-abiding) deprived the use of them.”
– Thomas Paine

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
– Samual Adams

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”
– Joseph Story

“What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty …. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”
– Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts

” … for it is a truth, which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are commonly most in danger when the means of insuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.”
– Alexander Hamilton

“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his house, his possessions are safe.”
– Luke 11:21

“Jesus said, ‘But now whoever has a purse or a bag, must take it and whoever does not have a sword must sell his cloak and buy one.’”
– Luke 22:36

“If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.”
– Exodus 22:2

“A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society? … The Scriptures tell us “righteousness exalteth a Nation.”
– Abigail Adams

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
– John Adams

“The thing that separates the American Christian from every other person on earth is the fact that he would rather die on his feet, than live on his knees!”
– George Washington

“God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”
– Daniel Webster

“Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.”
– St. Augustine

“Without doubt one is allowed to resist against the unjust aggressor to one’s life, one’s goods or one’s physical integrity; sometimes, even ’til the aggressor’s death…. In fact, this act is aimed at preserving one’s life or one’s goods and to make the aggressor powerless. Thus, it is a good act, which is the right of the victim.”
– Thomas Aquinas

“When the law disallows both the means and moral authority to defend one’s self and property, crime and violence fill the void between common sense and the hoped for utopia.”
– JD Filkins

“Keeping and bearing arms is not only a fundamental right; it is a fundamental duty upon which all liberty and sovereignty is based.”
– Donald L. Cline

“A shoot-out is better than a massacre!”
– David M. Bennett

“It is a lesson of history that it is ethically, morally, and philosophically impossible to have too many personal weapons, whether they be edged, impact or projectile.”
– David W. Loeffler

“Nothing puts the dignity in personal dignity (or the freedom in personal freedom) like the self in self-rule.”
– John Longenecker

“No law ever prevented a crime.”
– Anonymous

“Those gun control activists advocating exchanging a liberty for safety should recall that the safest place on earth is solitary confinement at Leavenworth.”
– Rand T. Lennox

“The gun control extremist has at least two things in common with the Islamic extremist. He has a willingness to die for his fundamental beliefs. And he has the sanctimony to demand that others go with him.”
– Dr. Mike Adams

“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
– Daniel Webster

“You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.”
– Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

“The philosophy of gun control: Teenagers are roaring through town at 90MPH, where the speed limit is 25. Your solution is to lower the speed limit to 20.”
– Sam Cohen (inventor of the neutron bomb)

“The tragic history of civilian disarmament cries a warning against any systematic attempts to render innocent citizens ill-equipped to defend themselves from tyrant terrorists, despots or oppressive majorities,”
– Daniel Schmutter

“If the constitutional right to keep and bear arms is to mean anything, it must, as a general matter, permit a person to possess, carry and sometimes conceal arms to maintain the security of his private residence or privately operated business.”
– David Prosser (Wisconsin Supreme Court justice)

“As a card-carrying member of the liberal media, producing this piece was an eye opening experience. I have to admit that I saw guns as inherently evil, violence begets violence, and so on. I have learned, however, that in trained hands, just the presence of a gun can be a real “man stopper.” I am sorry that women have had to resort to this, but wishing it wasn’t so won’t make it any safer out there.”
– Jill Fieldstein (CBS producer, Street Stories: Women and Guns)

“If you’ve got to resist, you’re chances of being hurt are less the more lethal your weapon. If that were my wife, would I want her to have a .38 Special in her hand? Yeah.”
– Dr. Arthur Kellerman (famous gun grabber)

“If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of crime rates reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying — that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976 — establishes the repeated, complete and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime.”
– Senator Orrin Hatch

“Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. … the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.”
– Sen. Hubert Humphrey

“Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”
– John F. Kennedy

“By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,’ ‘the security of the nation,’ and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy… The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.”
– John F. Kennedy

“Just as the First and Fourth Amendment secure individual rights of speech and security respectively, the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. This view of the text comports with the all but unanimous understanding of the Founding Fathers.”
– Attorney General John Ashcroft

“There’s no question that weapons in the hands of the public have prevented acts of terror or stopped them.”
– Israeli Police Inspector General Shlomo Aharonisky

“The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world… The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!”
– President Theodore Roosevelt

“The ruling class doesn’t care about public safety. Having made it very difficult for States and localities to police themselves, having left ordinary citizens with no choice but to protect themselves as best they can, they now try to take our guns away. In fact they blame us and our guns for crime. This is so wrong that it cannot be an honest mistake.”
– Sen. Malcolm Wallop

“One of the arguments that had been made against gun control was that an armed citizenry was the final bulwark against tyranny. My response had been that untrained, lightly-armed non-soldiers couldn’t prevail against a modern army. I had concluded that the qualitative difference in firepower was such that all of the previous rules of guerilla war no longer applied. Both Vietnam and Afghanistan demonstrated that wasn’t true. Repelling an armed invasion is not something that American citizens are likely to face, but the possibility of a despotic government coming to power is not wholly unthinkable. One of the sequellae of Vietnam was the rise of the Khmer Rouge and slaughter of perhaps a million Cambodian citizens. Those citizens, like the Jews in Germany or the Armenians in Turkey, were unarmed and thus utterly and completely defenseless against police and paramilitary. An armed minority was able to kill and terrorize unarmed victims with total impunity.”
– Paul Hagar

“Make good scouts of yourselves, become good rifle shots so that if it becomes necessary that you defend your families and your country that you can do it.”
– Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting For Boys

“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and passed on … or we will spend our sunset years telling our children’s children what it was like in the United States when men were free.”
– Ronald Reagan

“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”
– General Douglas MacArthur

“A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.”
– Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

“Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.”
– Unknown

Rand Paul’s Wife Calls On Cory Booker To Retract Statement Encouraging Harassment Of Senators

H/T Right Wing Folks.

Sadly for Kelley Paul, her open letter to Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker(D-NJ) will fall on deaf ears. 

In an open letter published on CNN, Kelley Paul, the wife of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called on Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to retract a statement in which he encouraged activists to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.”

In the letter, Mrs. Paul explained that her local sheriffs in Kentucky do extra patrols around her home due to their home address and her husband’s phone number being leaked on the internet. Mrs. Paul described this as “a broader effort to intimidate and threaten Republican members of Congress and their families.”

“I now keep a loaded gun by my bed,” Mrs. Paul wrote. “Our security systems have had to be expanded. I have never felt this way in my life. In the last 18 months, our family has experienced violence and threats of violence at a horrifying level.”

Mrs. Paul recalled the shooting at the congressional baseball practice where Sen. Paul hid behind a tree and when he was attacked last November by a man in their yard who broke six of Sen. Paul’s ribs and left him with lung damage and multiple bouts of pneumonia.

“Kentucky’s secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes, recently joked about itin a speech,” Mrs. Paul added. “MSNBC commentator Kasie Hunt laughingly said on airthat Rand’s assault was one of her ‘favorite stories.’ Cher, Bette Midler, and others have lauded his attacker on Twitter. I hope that these women never have to watch someone they love struggle to move or even breathe for months on end.”

Mrs. Paul concluded her letter pointing out that her husband and Booker have co-sponsored legislation on criminal justice reform. “He respects you, and so do I,” she wrote. “I would call on you to retract your statement. I would call on you to condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials’ personal address (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families.”

On Thursday, U.S. Capitol Police arrested Jackson Cosko, who was recently an intern with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s office for allegedly releasing personal information about Republican senators during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.

I Am an Independent, Impartial Judge

H/T The Wall Street Journal.

Yes, I was emotional last Thursday. I hope everyone can understand I was there as a son, husband, and dad.

Law Enforcement Recover 350 Stolen Guns From UPS Heist Headed to Chicago

 

 

 

H/T AmmoLand.

In spite of the erroneous claims by Mayor Rham, The Ballerina Emmanuel all of the illegal guns in Chicago do not come from Indiana.

In fact, they come from many places around the country.

350 Guns Stolen From UPS Center In Memphis
350 Guns Stolen From UPS Center In Memphis

Midlothian, Illinois –-(Ammoland.com)-Two men have stolen around 400 firearms from a UPS facility in Whitehaven, Tennessee on Sunday, September 30th, 2018, according to the ATF. Whitehaven is a neighborhood located in Memphis.

Thieves used a U-Haul truck in the heist of the firearms driving away with thousands of dollars in guns. This theft was one of the largest firearms thefts in US history. UPS immediately contact the ATF which dispatched agents to the scene of the crime.

The ATF asked the public for help in recovering the firearms and offered a $5,000 reward for information about the theft. UPS refused to comment on the incident citing their policy of not commenting on an open investigation.

On Tuesday morning police in Midlothian, Illinois spotted a suspicious U-Haul truck in a store parking lot. Upon investigation, two men in the truck ran from police. Officers pursued the suspects as other police officers investigated the U-Haul truck.

Upon opening the back of the truck, law enforcement officers discovered 350 of the stolen guns. It appears that these are some of the same firearms from the UPS theft.

Police were able to track down one suspect and take him into custody, but the other suspect is still at large. As of this writing, police are still trying to locate the second suspect.

Law enforcement officials are not stating publicly if the suspect in custody is one of the two men seen in security camera footage from the UPS facility.

The ATF do believe that the 350 firearms were on their way to Chicago. Agents are also looking into manifest to see how many guns are still missing.

ATF bureau spokesman Michael Knight said that the guns could present a danger to the safety of the public and first responders. The ATF is also not speculating if the theft was an inside job, or how the thieves knew where the guns were in the shipping facility.

“We are concerned that the firearms will end up on the streets not only potentially in the Memphis area but also across the country,” Knight said. “The criminal element knows no geographical boundary.”

When companies ship firearms through UPS, they do not mark the outside of the boxes for security purposes. The thieves knew where UPS were storing the guns.

 

The bureau is also not stating what type of firearms the suspects took in the theft. The Information to who shipped the guns and who was going to be the recipient of the firearms was not released, but local news outlets are reporting it was Ruger brand handguns in .22lr and .380

ATF Special Agent in Charge, Marcus Watson remarked, “ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence will leverage investigative resources combined with the community partnerships to solve this violent criminal act.”

An ATF source familiar with the case, but not authorized to speak on the matter has informed AmmoLand the shipper was shipping guns to different cities and different companies.

It is unknown if authorities have recovered all the stolen firearms from the theft. It will take time to match serial numbers from the recovered guns to the shipping manifest.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at (800) ATF-Guns (1-800-283-4867) or the Memphis Police Department at (901) 528-2274.

Anyone with information can also submit a tip anonymously by using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store. The ATF has also made Reportit® available through the web at https://reportit.com/